Identity and Belonging in Early Childhood Settings
The ZERO TO THREE Journal | Vol 39 No 3
Who am I? Where do I fit? These are universal questions central to the experience of being human. It’s not surprising that the roots of identity can be found in early childhood. The formation of a positive, healthy sense of self and belonging is an aspect of social–emotional development that is foundational for a child’s current and future well-being, learning, and successful functioning in society. The articles in this issue of the Journal explore several facets of children’s developing sense of self and belonging, and the intersecting contexts of family, culture, and classroom community.